Rethink and then Recycle Right
Example of sorting "un-recyclable" plastics.
Second, Ask Questions:
Contact Your Local Transfer Station or Recycling Center for Guidance
Disclaimer: Information and resources below are for particular areas of New Hampshire. Edit resources for your use.
Beyond the Bin Resources
1. Newbury, VT SW Committee has just started a voluntary plastic separation program and accepts #3,#4,#5 plastics and has a relationship with a recycler in PA. Link to recycler - https://www.trigonplastics.com/
2. Home Depot & Lowe's accept plant pots. It's worth a call to the local or even regional leadership to verify. HD & Lowe's have a relationship with East Jordan Plastics in Michigan who recycles them and returns them to the landscaping industry. They don't need to be washed, just free of dirt, plant tags, and staples. They are loaded onto pallets and held until EJP swings by on their NE route. Some plant tags are #5 & #6.
3. Polystyrene recycling has recently begun in Gilford, NH at the Gilford Recycle Center. It also occurs at Gold Circuit in Palmer, MA and Save That Stuff in near Boston, MA. A movement is afoot with Casella, Hypertherm, and Dartmouth evaluating the installation of a facility somewhere in the Upper Valley.
5. Subaru has a relationship with Terracycle to recycle snack packaging.
6. Link to our local Recycling Guide - Use and Reuse!
Where Can I Recycle THAT?
Where can I recycle THAT?
A Handy Resource Guide for Local Recycling
Waste Free Upper Valley Resource Guide
Strafford Climate Action Links for Common Household Items
Researched & Compiled by Roger Barraby, a member of Living A Sustainable Lifestyle Tea & Talks, Pat McGovern, Waste Free Upper Valley and Susan Hodges of Strafford (VT) Climate Action
To Join Living A Sustainable Lifestyle Tea & Talks, contact Cindy Heath at email@example.com
Or search google groups for:
Living A Sustainable Lifestyle: Tea & Talk
Rethinking Your Recycling & Personal Waste Disposal Practices
Practice the Refuse - Reuse - Recycle strategy
Do you really need that plastic bag for small items that you can easily carry without one?
What about asking for that fish or deli meat to be wrapped in paper?
Or for TO GO items, ask if there’s a recyclable container option?
Never litter! Green Up Day is a state holiday in Vermont for a reason. It brings light to the continued problem of litter. Always look for the nearest disposal option. If you need to, bring it back in your vehicle. Or, you can bring a small trash bag with you while out in nature or running errands.
Pick up what you can! If you see it, pick it up. Green Up Day should be a mindset. Let’s clean up messes as we go.
Your Recycler is a Person - Sort Properly!
Sorting can take up lots of labor and time. Not every recycling center is equipped to handle zero-sort recycling. Make sure to check at your local facility.
Only clean recyclables will be recycled!
Soiled or mixed items can cause a load to be rejected by the receiving partners. When that happens, your recycling center has to pay per ton for disposal plus additional trucking to go to another location. So, PLEASE help keep the cost down by doing your part.
How To Recycle Unusual Things
Most Recycling Facilities Will Take:
Mixed Paper (dry & loose, no bundles): Magazines, catalogs, any paper envelopes, white paper, colored paper, & phonebooks, hardcover books (remove covers & spines first), notebooks/calendars (remove spiral wire to recycle as scrap metal)
Newspaper: dry and loose
Boxboard: cereal boxes, shoe boxes, egg cartons, wrapping paper tubes, toilet paper tubes, paper towel tubes and toy boxes.
Corrugated Cardboard: Cardboard & Brown paper bags. Cardboard must be dry, flattened, & cut down to 4 X 4 foot pieces & loose.
Aluminum: Beverage cans; rinsed foil, pie plates & other foil containers.
Steel Cans: food cans, clean cat/dog food cans, syrup containers, cookie tins, lids from jars & cans.
Glass: Washed & Empty – Food & beverage glass only
Plastics: Bottles, tubs & packaging; but not ALL plastics - check with your facility staff
Yard Waste: leaves, brush
But What About…(click on title to learn more)
Soap, Shampoo, personal care
Delivers soaps to stores in reusable containers.
(shampoo, conditioner, hand sanitizer, and hand soap in reusable containers. You can refill from a bulk 5 gallon bucket at a store or buy it in an aluminum container. When you’re done with the aluminum container you can refill it at a store or ship it back to Plaine Products to be sanitized and reused. Worst case scenario aluminum is highly recyclable.
Dental Floss Containers
Personal care product packaging without recycling labels
Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs
Used Holiday Lights
Lead Acid Battery Cores
Plastic Film (make sure it doesn’t ‘crackle’)
Disposable Coffee Items
LISTEN & SALVATION ARMY STORES
Textiles, household goods, furniture, sports equipment
Accepts Clean Bubble Wrap for REUSE!
Old Socks (with purchase)
Pet Food Bags
Omer & Bob’s & Stateline Sports
Used Athletic Shoes
Get paid to recycle athletic shoes
Tetra Pak Beverage Containers, ie. Broths, Soups, and Milk Cartons
NexTrex (Drop off bin across from Enfield Elementary School)
T-shirt recycling and reuse program
Huskee Reusable Coffee Cup Program
Coffee cup reuse program
Casella Waste Management
Deliver Zero (restaurant delivery in reusable containers in NYC )
Vokashi (compost pickup in NYC)
Plaine Products (Body Care Products in reusable containers)
Diaperkind (Reusable Cloth diaper service in NYC)
CupZero (Reusable cup service for bars, events, and cafes in NYC)
True Zero Waste Certification
Loop (groceries in reusable containers)
Returnity (Custom designed reusable packaging)
GroupHug (Portable Ridiculously Good Looking Solar Panels)
Brooklyn Solarworks (Solar Installation)
BlocPower (Air Source Electric Heat Pumps)
Clean Choice Energy (Renewable Energy Credits)
Waste-Free Upper Valley
2020 REFUSE/REUSE GUIDE
Waste-Free Upper Valley is a grass-roots campaign to inspire individuals, event organizers, community institutions, and businesses to strive for sustainable, waste-free practices. To contribute your waste-free tip, contact Pat McGovern @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Food and Packaging
Grocery Stores - Request paper bags & non waxed deli packaging; use the Bulk Foods Dept.
I.e. Upper Valley Food Co-op in White River Junction, South Royalton Food Coop in South Royalton
Restaurants/cafes - request non-styrofoam containers or BYO
Caterers - request waste free event practices
Farmers’ Markets and CSAs - BYO/return egg cartons
Food Truck Vendors - BYO take out containers
Schools - BYO water bottles, milk cartons
Hospitals - BYO ‘To Go’ containers to the cafeteria!
Meals on Wheels - work to use no-waste containers
LISTEN and Church Suppers - Provide re-usable take-out containers, compost food waste
Transform meetings and events to become Waste Free
We need more events such as Lebanon's Full Moon Fiesta where people are expected to bring their own dinnerware
Our own gardens - canning, drying, freezing - reusing our own containers
Composting - work to make safe compost free of pesticides and other chemicals
Buying in bulk and bringing our own containers for flour, baking soda, baking powder, pasta, rice, dried beans, nuts, nut butters, sunflower and sesame seeds, snack mixes, coffee, tea, dried fruit, oatmeal, granola, falafel mix, olive oil, maple syrup, tamari, laundry detergent, etc.
* Bring Your Own Water Bottle
* Bring Your Own Travel Mug
* Bring Your Own Shopping Totes
*Forget the plastic snack bags! Make your own cloth bag, able to be washed after use.
* Refusing Straws, or bring your own metal/paper straw
* Returnable milk bottles
*Ditch microbeads! If the ingredients label on your beauty products or toiletries lists polyethylene or polypropylene, the item likely contains microbeads.
* Produce without packaging
*Go for the cone! No matter which flavor of ice cream you like, skip the dish! Eat that fresh waffle cone, or crunchy cake cup.
* Bar Soap and Bar Shampoo without packaging
*Build a better goodie bag. For birthday parties, fill cloth or paper goodie bags with homemade treats and crafts as opposed to cheap plastic toys.
* Poverty Lane Growlers for Cider!
* Reusable Eventware
Three Tomatoes provides glassware to AVA events
Kilton Library Cool Stuff Collection
Willing Hands reduces food waste through gleaning
Farnum Hill & Harpoon Brewery have reusable cider and beer growlers
McNamara Dairy uses glass bottles for milk - return for deposit
Lucky’s Coffee Garage gives a discount for bringing your own mug
What You Can Do Now:
Educate - spread the good news about cooperative efforts in your networks
Join - a local waste reduction coalition near you or your town’s sustainability committee
Talk - with the managers of grocery stores, restaurants, workplaces about
incentives for bringing one's own mug/bag/water bottle such as
Reuse - Other kinds of Waste Reduction
*Cover - takes furniture and appliances
*Thrift and Consignment shops - take clothing, toys, small appliances,equipment
*Omer and Bob's Bike Consignment Sale
*Repair Cafes - start one in your town with the local fix it experts
*Tool Library - encourage your library to start one
*Little Free Libraries and library free tables - plans available online
*Five-Colleges Book Sale - accepts books, DVDs, CDs
*Yard Sales including Hanover'/Dartmouth Community Yard Sale
*Bugbee Senior Center, 262 N. Main St, White River Junction, 802-295-9068 - accepts medical equipment and supplies (crutches, walkers, wheelchairs, shower chairs, etc):
*List serves and other online ways of giving, selling or buying second hand
*Bonnie Clac - donating cars for others to reuse
Reduce - Transportation
*Take fewer car trips or carpool
*Advance Transit, Upper Valley Rideshare, Lyft, Uber
* Do more walking/biking
These are all local solutions . . . with the money saved from REFUSE/REUSE, support those working on a State, National and Global level:
Natural Resource Defense Council
Society for the Protection of NH Forests,
Upper Valley Land Trust
Connecticut River Conservancy
Vermont Public Interest Research Group
Zero Sort Centers
Canaan Transfer Station - Tues. (2-6PM), Wed. (7-11AM), Thurs. (2-6PM), Fri. (7-11AM), Sat. (8AM-2PM)
Barnard Transfer Station - Wed. (4-8PM), Sat. (8AM-4PM)
Corinth Transfer Station & Backyard Composting - Sat. (8AM-1PM)
Groton & Ryegate Recycling Center - Fri. (3-6PM), sat. (8AM-12PM)
Norwich Transfer Station - Wed. & Sat. (8AM-4:45PM)
Tunbridge Transfer Station - Sat. (9AM-3PM), Wed. (4-7PM)
Charlestown Transfer Station - Tues. (8AM-4:30PM), Wed. (1-6PM), Fri. (10AM-4:30PM), Sat. (8AM-4:30PM)
Claremont Transfer & Recycling Center - Tues. & Sat. (8AM-3:45PM) - plastics & metals allowed together
Cornish Recycling Center - Sat. (9AM-2PM)
Mount Trashmore in Grantham - Sun. (9AM-4PM), Mon. (8AM-12PM), Thurs. (8AM-4PM), Fri. (10AM-4PM), Sat. (8AM-4PM)
Lebanon Solid Waste & Recycling - Mon.-Fri. (8:30AM-5PM), Sat. (8:30AM-2PM)
Lyme Transfer Station - Sun. (8:30-11AM), Wed. (4-6PM)
New London Transfer Station - Tues., Wed., Thurs., Sat., Sun. (9AM-3:30PM)
Newbury Transfer Station - Mon. (9AM-1PM), Wed. (1-5PM), Sat. & Sun. (9AM-5PM)
Orford Transfer Station - Sat. (8-11AM)
Piermont Transfer Station - Sat. (10AM-2PM), Sun. (12-3PM), Wed. (5:30-7:30PM)
Sunapee Transfer Station - Sun. (8-11:45AM), Mon., Thurs., Fri., Sat. (8AM-4:15PM)
Unity Transfer Station - Wed. (1-5PM), Sat. (8AM-4PM)
Wilmot Transfer Station - Wed. & Sat. (8AM-4PM) - plastics, tin & aluminum allowed together
Bethel Royalton Solid Waste - Tues., Thurs, Fri., Sat. (7AM-1PM)
Chelsea Transfer Station - Sat. (8AM-3:45PM)
Fairlee Transfer Station - Sat. (8:30-11:30AM)
Hartford Solid Waste Transfer - Tues.-Sat. (8AM-3:45PM)
Strafford Recycling Center - Sat. (9AM-12PM)
Thetford Recycling Center - Sat. (8:30AM-12PM)
Vershire Transfer Station - Sat. (8AM-12PM)
Weathersfield Transfer Station - Wed. (12-5PM), Sat. (7AM-4PM), Sun. (12-4PM)
Windsor Fast Recycling Removal by Jeff’s Rubbish Removal - Wed. (4-6:30PM)
Home Pick up Options (all Zero Sort Recycling & Vermont locations)
Casella Waste Systems (Rutland headquarters)
Jeff’s Rubbish Removal -nFast Trash/Recyclables Wed. (4-6:30PM) in Windsor
A.B.L.E. Waste (Plymouth headquarters) - Fast Trash/Recyclables:
Bridgewater - Wed. (2-5PM), Sat. (8AM-1PM)
Hartland - Sat. (8AM-12PM)
Granville - 2nd & 4th Sat. (8-10AM)
Rochester - 1st & 3rd Sat. (8-11AM)
Stockbridge - 1st & 3rd Sat. (12-2PM)
Hancock - 2nd & 4th Sat. (11AM-1PM)
Links for Many Plastic-Free Household Items
Strafford Climate Action
For more information or to join, contact Susan Hodges at email@example.com and visit our blog at https://straffordclimateaction.blogspot.com/
These are sources to start with, not endorsements of any particular brand or item.
Many plastic free alternatives for bags and wraps: https://zerowasteoutlet.com Many non-plastic household and personal care items, including produce bags, silicone dish covers, bar soaps, wooden & coconut scrubbing tools, etc. https://www.shopetee.com is an additional outlet.
Reviews: https://nymag.com/strategist/article/best-reusable-eco friendly-food-storage-bags.html
Make your own sisal or jute dish scrubber:
Cloth Bags: Google this to find offers from Amazon to ebay. Or make your own:
Plastic wrap alternatives: Beeswax wraps. See
https://www.beeswrap.com and https://buzzeewraps.com for examples, or contact Susan at firstname.lastname@example.org for directions to make your own.
Laundry detergent sheets – avoid plastic bottles and carbon costs of shipping liquids:
Tru-Earth https://www.tru.earth (Has other products also) EarthBreeze laundry detergent eco-sheets
Dishwashing soaps etc. :
Bar Soaps and shampoo, also available at Coops in Hanover and Lebanon, Liggett is a local brand, and see other links: https://www.iherb.com/pr/j-r-liggett-s-old-fashioned-shampoo-bar original-formula-3-5-oz-99-g/5825
Toilet paper: Toilet paper is not full of water, but most of it comes wrapped in plastic, and if made of virgin paper, costs many trees: “Every day, 27,000 trees are cut down just to make regular toilet paper.” Who Gives a Crap toilet paper:
https://us.whogivesacrap.org/ All recycled paper, no plastic wraps. Check out their website. They also have TP made from bamboo. Toilet Paper options and reviews:
https://earthfriendlytips.com/best-eco-friendly-toilet-paper/ This site also mentions other eco-friendly products for your bathroom, including bamboo-based products.
“Kleenex” alternatives: Purchase cloth handkerchiefs, or make your own from used clothing or new fabric (preferably organic cotton). More ideas: https://ofthehearth.com/alternatives-to-facial tissues/ and https://www.self.com/gallery/cute-handkerchiefs
Clorox wipes: The convenience of Clorox disinfecting wipes can be recreated at home. https://getpocket.com/explore/item/the cheaper-greener-alternatives-to-clorox-wipes?utm_source=pocket newtab
Trending Reuse Initiatives
VT Can Carrier Reuse Program
Compost in the Upper Valley
Curbside Pickup Services
We Recycle Food
Music Mountain Compost
Willow Tree Compost (mostly in WRJ and Hartford)
Home Composting Education
How to Recycle the Unrecyclable Tip #16
How to Recycle the Unrecyclable Tip #16
There is a growing awareness of the difficulty of recycling products we consume while living our daily lives - especially the many types of single use plastic (SUP) we encounter in the course of grocery shopping, furnishing our homes and offices, enjoying travel experiences, and acquiring the necessary clothing to stay warm in our winter climate and take to the outdoors in the other seasons.
Did you know that according to some research, only 9% of plastic is actually recycled? As consumers, we can ‘choose to refuse’ using and purchasing items wrapped in single use plastic. Here are some tips:
Purchase items with as little packaging as possible
Bring your own reused plastic or cotton produce bags for produce and bulk items
Opt for highly-recyclable glass and metal options when they are available
Eliminate plastic wrap by using containers or “beeswaxed” cloth alternatives
And there’s good news! While sometimes using SUP is unavoidable, there are places we can recycle certain types of plastic instead of throwing it away where it litters our landscapes, and leaches chemicals into our soil and water.
So here is what we know so far about how to recycle two types of plastic - film & snack packaging:
Plastic Film - bread bags, newspaper bags, dry cleaning bags, produce bags, toilet paper, napkin, and paper towel wraps, furniture wrap, electronic wrap, plastic retail bags, deli bags, grocery bags, Ziploc® Bags), Tyvek (no glue, labels, other material), plastic shipping envelopes, bubble wrap, and air pillows (deflate/remove labels if possible), case wrap (e.g., snacks, water bottles). Recycle at Hannaford’s.
Snack Packaging - Disposable cups, lids, and straws; candy and snack wrappers; and coffee and creamer capsules. Recycle at Subaru dealerships - call first.
For more info on this option, here’s an article about the partnership between Terracycle & Subaru (LINK). Of course, think about refusing single use plastic when you can!
Trex Co: NexTrex Recycle info - https://recycle.trex.com/view/educate
Drop off points in Southwest New Hampshire:
Keene: Hannaford, Market Basket, Price Chopper
Peterborough: Shaw’s, Copies and More, Peterborough Town House,
Marlborough: Frost Free Library and Mother’s Hardware
Harrisville: Location TBD
ACCEPTABLE: (All need to be clean and dry – with paper label or tape removed)
1) Grocery Bags or retail store bags
2) Bread bags
3) Fruit/Veggie Produce bags (with no mesh)
4) Paper towel/toilet paper overwrap
5) Plastic Bottle overwrap
6) Dry cleaning bags
7) Newspaper sleeves
8) Ziploc and other resealable food storage bags
9) Air pillows
10) Bubble wrap
11) Plastic shipping envelopes
12) Furniture and Electronic wrap
13) Ice bags
14) Wood pellet bags
15) Salt bags
16) Plastic Cereal box liners
17) Case wrap
18) Any plastic bags/film labeled with a 2 (HDPE) or a 4 (LDPE)
19) If packaging can stretch – it can be included
20) If can’t remove label or tape, cut off label and tape and NexTrex the rest. It is not absolutely necessary to remove the label if it is difficult.
NOT ACCEPTABLE: (IF it is DIRTY or WET – it is NOT ACCEPTABLE)
1) Frozen Food bags
2) Candy bar wrappers
3) Chip bags
4) Net or mesh produce bags
5) Mulch or soil bags
6) Hot dog or meat wrap packaging
7) Six-pack rings
8) Pre-washed salad bags
9) PPE – gloves, masks, or protective wear
10) Pool covers
11) Lamination film
12) Silage or hay bags
13) Vinyl shower curtains or tablecloths
14) Bedding or linen packaging
15) Shiny, crinkly films like floral wrap
16) Anything with a real zipper
17) Any bag labeled degradable and compostable
18) If it cannot stretch or it tears like paper – it can’t be included
19) If it is shiny, metallic, or makes a crinkly/crunchy sound – it can’t be included